Announcing that her next album will be her last, Sinéad O’Connor, one of the biggest artists of the 1990’s, has formally announced her retirement from music and performing.
Taking to social media on Friday (June 4), O’Connor announced the changes in a series of tweets: “This is to announce my retirement from touring and the music industry. I’ve grown older and am exhausted.” The Irish singer-forthcoming songwriter’s album, No Veteran Dies Alone, will be her final release, she stated. “This is not depressing news. This is breathtakingly amazing news. A fighter is aware of when to withdraw. It has been a four-decade adventure. It’s time to put my feet up and pursue other goals.”
O’Connor’s illustrious career will be remembered for a variety of reasons. Two visual landmarks include her shaved head close-up in the video for “Nothing Compares 2 U” (a song written by Prince) and ripping up a photograph of Pope John Paul II during a Saturday Night Live performance. She will also be remembered for her first two albums, The Lion and the Cobra and I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, which established her as a cultural force in the late 1980s.